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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

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Painting of two golden-fronted woodpeckers perched on a tree trunk.

Melanerpes aurifrons

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: aurifrons

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Picus Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

La. auri gold
La. aurum golden
La. frons forehead, brow

Nine or ten inches long. Red crown, yellowish or golden nape and brow, black and white barred back, wings and tail feathers. White head and underside. Black beak.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers range in Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers are abundant in mesquite scrub lands or mixed forests in arid Texas, southwest Oklahoma and tropical rain forests further south in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

Painting of golden-fronted woodpecker head profile by Robert Ridgway

They forage on tree trunks, under loose bark and on the ground for grasshoppers, beetles, ants and other insects and a significant part of their diet consists of acorns, corn, mesquite seeds, berries and other wild fruit.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers build nests in abandoned or natural cavities or ones which they excavate in decaying trees, telephone poles, or fence posts from within reach up to twenty feet or higher.

Females lay four to seven, usually five or six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Red-headed Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces to reduce wood splitting.

View or print plans and dimensions for golden-fronted woodpecker birdhouse.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse Plans

Attach the roof with hinges and lock in a closed position with shutter hooks. Or some may prefer a fixed roof with a Side Opening Door.

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or pole between ten and twenty feet high, or lower on a fence post. Place a bed of wood chips (not sawdust) in the nest box.

A number of owls and other woodpeckers may nest in this box.

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Although it is good practice to remove nests and clean boxes well after the brood rearing season is past, one might weigh the increased risks working at heights additional time(s) beyond the initial installation. Consider leaving the box, at least until a qualified trades worker is available.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Melanerpes aurifrons

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: aurifrons

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Picus Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

La. auri gold
La. aurum golden
La. frons forehead, brow

Painting of two golden-fronted woodpeckers perched on a tree trunk.

Nine or ten inches long. Red crown, yellowish or golden nape and brow, black and white barred back, wings and tail feathers. White head and underside. Black beak.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers range in Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers are abundant in mesquite scrub lands or mixed forests in arid Texas, southwest Oklahoma and tropical rain forests further south in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

They forage on tree trunks, under loose bark and on the ground for grasshoppers, beetles, ants and other insects and a significant part of their diet consists of acorns, corn, mesquite seeds, berries and other wild fruit.

Painting of golden-fronted woodpecker head profile by Robert Ridgway

Golden-fronted woodpeckers build nests in abandoned or natural cavities or ones which they excavate in decaying trees, telephone poles, or fence posts from within reach up to twenty feet or higher.

Females lay four to seven, usually five or six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Red-headed Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces to reduce wood splitting.

Attach the roof with hinges and lock in a closed position with shutter hooks. Or some may prefer a fixed roof with a Side Opening Door.

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or pole between ten and twenty feet high, or lower on a fence post. Place a bed of wood chips (not sawdust) in the nest box.

A number of owls and other woodpeckers may nest in this box.

Visit the Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse Page

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse

Select to view or print plans and dimensions for golden-fronted woodpecker birdhouse.

View/Print Birdhouse Plans

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Although it is good practice to remove nests and clean boxes well after the brood rearing season is past, one might weigh the increased risks working at heights additional time(s) beyond the initial installation. Consider leaving the box, at least until a qualified trades worker is available.

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Melanerpes aurifrons

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: aurifrons

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Picus Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker

La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper

La. auri gold
La. aurum golden
La. frons forehead, brow

Painting of two golden-fronted woodpeckers perched on a tree trunk.

Nine or ten inches long. Red crown, yellowish or golden nape and brow, black and white barred back, wings and tail feathers. White head and underside. Black beak.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers range in Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

Golden-fronted woodpeckers are abundant in mesquite scrub lands or mixed forests in arid Texas, southwest Oklahoma and tropical rain forests further south in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

They forage on tree trunks, under loose bark and on the ground for grasshoppers, beetles, ants and other insects and a significant part of their diet consists of acorns, corn, mesquite seeds, berries and other wild fruit.

Painting of golden-fronted woodpecker head profile by Robert Ridgway

Golden-fronted woodpeckers build nests in abandoned or natural cavities or ones which they excavate in decaying trees, telephone poles, or fence posts from within reach up to twenty feet or higher.

Females lay four to seven, usually five or six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Red-headed Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces to reduce wood splitting.

Attach the roof with hinges and lock in a closed position with shutter hooks. Or some may prefer a fixed roof with a Side Opening Door.

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or pole between ten and twenty feet high, or lower on a fence post. Place a bed of wood chips (not sawdust) in the nest box.

A number of owls and other woodpeckers may nest in this box.

Visit the Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse Page

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse

View and print Golden-fronted woodpecker birdhouse plans.

View/Print Birdhouse Plans

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Although it is good practice to remove nests and clean boxes well after the brood rearing season is past, one might weigh the increased risks working at heights additional time(s) beyond the initial installation. Consider leaving the box, at least until a qualified trades worker is available.